Exodus Bible Study – Week 1 – Recap

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Week 1 – Exodus chapters 1-4

There was so much to unpack this week, wasn’t there? This study had me digging deeper than any other study we’ve had in the past. Wow! I’ve been learning so much about Moses, and the Hebrews, and the Levites. I’ve was led to Matthew chapter 2 one day and all the way back to Genesis the next. With all of the researching I found myself refreshed at the end of each study. God is good!

Take a look at my notes on each chapter below. Grab a copy of the coloring page below too, and then head over to my facebook page to share your thoughts on what you’ve been learning so far!

You are loved by an almighty God,

Darlene Schacht
The Time-Warp Wife

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Exodus 1 – Moses is Protected by God

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Exodus chapter one reminds me of Matthew chapter 2 in so many ways. It’s really interesting, because to me the entire story of Exodus parallels a believer’s conversion. It’s absolutely incredible that the birth of this Exodus would parallel the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In Matthew chapter 2, when Herod heard the wise men refer to Jesus as “King of the Jews” he was troubled. Herod was king of Judea and naturally he was worried that another king might take his place.

Compare that to Exodus chapter one. We see another power struggle as the king of Egypt was troubled that the Israelites were becoming a strong nation.

Herod called the wisemen. The king of Egypt called the midwives, who like the wisemen, feared God and chose to obey Him.

Pharaoh ordered his people that all boys born to the Hebrews should be cast into the river.

Herod ordered that all children born in Bethlehem ages two and under would be killed.

God protected Moses, and He protected Jesus so that His people would be free.

After being warned in a dream about Herod’s evil plan to destroy Jesus. Joseph and Mary went to Egypt to wait until God gave them the assurance that they would be safe.

“When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: and was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.” Matthew 2:14-15

Isn’t the Bible incredible?! There are so many layers that are waiting to be uncovered. I can’t wait to dig into chapter two!

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Exodus 2 – Moses is Protected by God

Sometimes when I’m studying the Bible I notice something small, maybe it isn’t all that significant, but it causes me to dig and to think and to pray for understanding. So give me a little wiggle room today as I head off on a rabbit trail…

In verse 1 of Exodus chapter 2, we see that both Moses’ mom and his dad were Levites. This is significant because further into the book of Exodus we see that Levites were set apart and that Aaron’s son’s were consecrated for the priesthood. In fact a book of the Bible, “Leviticus,” is named after this tribe.

So I got to wondering why He chose Aaron (the older brother) for the priesthood, when He could have chosen Moses (other than the obvious fact that Aaron was born first). Moses was the one who led the people across the red sea. Moses is the one that God used to free His people. Moses is at the center of this story. He’s the one that’s speaking directly to God and passing the law down to His people. He’s the one who’s typifying Christ in so many ways.

Then I also got to wondering why Jesus wasn’t from the tribe of Levi. He was from the tribe of Judah, which gave Him authority to also be the King of Judah. But God doesn’t leave ends untied. There’s a reason He does everything, so I dug a little deeper. That’s when the light bulb went on.

Moses wasn’t a priest, but He was given the authority to ordain the first priest. He was given the authority to set up the tabernacle and to consecrate the priests. He was the mediator between God and man. He was given the authority to sanctify his people. And God spoke with Moses in the Holy of Holies (Numbers 7:89).

“And Moses took the anointing oil, and anointed the tabernacle and all that was therein, and sanctified them. And he sprinkled thereof upon the altar seven times, and anointed the altar and all his vessels, both the laver and his foot, to sanctify them. And he poured of the anointing oil upon Aaron’s head, and anointed him, to sanctify him.” – Leviticus 8:10-12

The only other person given this kind of authority in scripture is Jesus Christ. Jesus was not a priest ordained of men, but was given the authority to be a high priest from God the Father.

“Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.” – Hebrews 5:10

Keep in mind that while I make a comparison here, I’m in no way equating a prophet with Our Lord. Moses wasn’t perfect, he was simply a man used of God in miraculous ways. He was a foreshadow of someone much greater.

His parents knew that he was special and so they hid him, until they could hide him no more.

Laying Moses inside a basket and putting him into the water was an act of faith. They had no idea if someone would find him, and even if he was found whether he would be put to death as the other babies had been.

The orchestration by God is beautiful in this chapter as we see Him abundantly bless them beyond anything they could have imagined for themselves. Not only does He spare Moses’ life, provide him a home, and place him exactly where He wants Moses to be, He also arranges for Moses’ own mother to nurse him.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21

 

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Exodus 3 – The Burning Bush

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In Exodus 3 we see God tell Moses, “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you.

The reason these words were important to them is because they had been waiting for this promise for hundreds of years. In fact, they had been in bondage in Egypt over 400 years.

In Genesis chapter 17, God made a covenant with Abraham, “And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” Genesis 17:6-8

This promise was passed down from generation to generation, but after hundreds of years, they were still waiting for the promise to come to fruition.

What we should learn from this is the importance of patience. God doesn’t necessarily answer our prayers today or tomorrow, but we can be certain that He’s always at work. We can trust in His promises because He is faithful, but first we must master the virtue of patience as we wait on His timing in lieu of our own.

 

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Exodus 4 – Moses Prepares to Lead

There was so much to unpack in Exodus chapter four. It starts out with God giving Moses signs and wonders to prove his authority to the Hebrew people. What we see here is a different picture of Moses than we’ll see later in the book of Exodus. He was timid and self conscious, but as his faith grows, so does his courage.
 
His son wasn’t circumcised yet, but if Moses was going to lead the children of Israel he had to become like them. He was representing the God of Abraham, and so he too needed to also follow the law of Abraham. Zipporah realized the severity of this, which is why she quickly circumcised their son.
 
This reminded me of the scripture in the New Testament (Acts 16) where Paul circumcised Timothy. Paul knew that Timothy would be ministering to the Jewish people and so it was important that he became like them first. Timothy’s father wasn’t a Jew and so it wasn’t imposed on him as a child. Circumcision didn’t profit him personally, but by becoming a Jew he could win over the Jews.
 
Here Moses is leaving his Egyptian life behind to embrace his people and the law of their father Abraham that he too might win them to freedom.
 
“For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law.” – 1 Corinthians 9:19-20

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Written by Darlene Schacht

I'm an Evangelical Christian whose number one priority is to serve Jesus Christ in every area of my life. My husband Michael and I live in Manitoba Canada. Married 25 years, we have four children (three still at home), a bird and two pugs who are everyone's babies, especially mine! Our lives are basically surrounded with three things: our faith, music and everything books. I’m an award winning and New York Times best-selling author who is nothing without the grace of God. Facebook: timewarpwife Twitter: timewarpwife Pinterest: timewarpwife

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    Nyesha Rainey says:

    Providence of God:
    Exodus: chapter 2, notice the providence of God in the preparation of the deliverer. The little fellow was hidden in the river, in the ark specially prepared by his parents’ hands. In verse 4, his sister stood a good distance off to know what would be done with him. You see, they did not just cast their boy adrift. They did what they did purposely. They put him in the river where they well knew that Pharaoh’s daughter would be bathing that day, and they posted the little girl to see what would happen. Of all things, in verse 5, Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe at the riverside at exactly the right time, not a moment too early and not a moment too late. Of all things, she saw the ark among the flags and sent her maid to fetch it.
    If you should look up this particular location on the Nile River in a good Bible reference book, you would see that the chances of Pharaoh’s daughter’s discovering this little ark among the bulrushes were very slight. She could have come, she could have bathed, and she could have left and never have seen it; but the first thing she saw when she got there was this ark. I do not know that that was by chance. I believe, that God arranged it that way. I have always loved this sixth verse. My, how God times things exactly right! When Pharaoh’s daughter opened the ark, she saw the child.
    Keep in mind that this was a child of the hated Israelites. This was a child of people who evidently openly defied the edict of her father. What would be her natural reaction when that ark was opened and she looked into the face of that little baby? Well, it might be a bit difficult to tell, but God saved the day by causing the baby to cry at just the right time. Any woman with a mother’s heart cannot resist a baby crying, especially when the cries of the baby are as pathetic as this one’s were. I cannot help but think that God arranged for that baby to cry at just the right time.
    I believe, because I believe the Bible teaches it, that the angels are ministers or servants of the heirs of salvation and that the angels are busy doing the bidding of God. I would not be at all surprised if God sent an angel down there to pinch that baby at just the right time that the heart of this woman might be turned toward the child.
    Then that little girl was hiding there, in verse 7. Little girls are so sharp that perhaps she needed no special providential prodding, but anyway, did you notice what she did, right there on the spot? She said, “Shall I go get a nurse for you from the Hebrew women?” Imagine Pharaoh’s daughter taking the advice of a little girl! She said, “That’s a wonderful idea! You go get someone.” In verse 8, the little girl went and got the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages.” And the child’s mother took the child and nursed it.
    My, what a preparation God is able to make when we leave things in His hands. Do you realize what God was doing here? Every male Hebrew baby was supposed to die. You might keep a baby a secret for three months, but you cannot keep it a secret much longer. The mother of Moses had perfect freedom and license to nurse her baby. If anyone should say to her, “What’s that baby doing there; why wasn’t it killed?”, she could say, “You go talk to the princess about it.” She had perfect license to nurse her baby out in the open, which was wonderful indeed. On top of that, she got paid for doing it. Did you ever stop to think about that? A mother does what she does because she has a heart of love. But think about doing what you want to do and getting paid for it, too! That is exactly what happened.

    Exodus 3 & 4: The hesitation of Moses
    Moses’ hesitation is the response of many believers when God is telling us His Purpose for us. His response is the reassurance that we need, the guidance that we need. Sometimes the situation looks so set and that’s when God says He is going to change it using us as that instrument of change, God had to refocus our eyesight and remove the worldly cataracts of doubt and show us how much our faith in Him can take us.
    Also, there are times when we know ahead of time what God is preparing us for but we don’t wait on His timetable and our plan backfires on us so when He finally does call on us to do His Will, we are hesitant that we will fail again. Look at Exodus 2: 11 “And it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens: and he spied an Egyptian smiting an Hebrew, one of his brethren.” [see he knew his purpose] and if you continue down to verse 14:
    12 And he looked this way and that way, and when he saw that there was no man, he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in the sand.
    13 And when he went out the second day, behold, two men of the Hebrews strove together: and he said to him that did the wrong, Wherefore smitest thou thy fellow?
    14 And he said, Who made thee a prince and a judge over us? intendest thou to kill me, as thou killedst the Egyptian?
    You see Moses’ tried to do God’s Will his own way and definitely without God and of course without God-it was a failed attempt.

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